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Dr Rajna Golubic

Dr Rajna Golubic is a co-lead of the NNEdPro Research Fellows Panel and deputising lead of the NNEdPro Global Innovation Panel.


She qualified as an MD at the Zagreb University School of Medicine in Croatia. Subsequently, she worked as a physician and a research fellow at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine (Andrija Stampar School of Public Health, Zagreb University School of Medicine) where she trained in occupational and sports medicine and was involved in several research projects and international public health collaborations focusing on workers’ health (through the WHO Collaborative Center for Occupational Health in Zagreb ) as well as teaching on the occupational medicine course for medical students. Furthermore, she obtained a doctorate (DSc) in occupational medicine at the same university and undertook advanced training in clinical research methods at the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (as a Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences Fellow).


NNEdPro GIP Deputy Co-Lead

(Clinical/Public Health Quality)




Cambridge, UK

Rajna completed an MPhil in Public Health at Cambridge and a PhD in Epidemiology at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, both as a Gates Scholar. Her PhD research focused on the descriptive epidemiology and measurement aspects of physical activity as well as its associations with cardio-metabolic diseases. Furthermore, she was a Benefactors’ Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge and received a Raymond and Beverly Sackler Studentship from the School of Clinical Medicine at Cambridge. She lectured on the MPhil in Epidemiology and MPhil in Public Health courses at Cambridge and now acts as a clinical supervisor and OSCE examiner for the medical students at Cambridge.


Throughout her career, Rajna won several honours and prizes including: Distinction in Pathophysiology as a medical student, Dean’s Award for outstanding academic performance as a medical student, Rector’s Award for the best student research work, and also earned a top mark on her MPhil thesis at Cambridge. She won the award for the best observational study by the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) for one of the key papers of her PhD thesis looking at the descriptive epidemiology of objectively measured and self-reported physical activity in a cohort of British adults in early old age.


Her work has been presented at several international conferences. She is associate editor of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Healthcare Research. Having completed her PhD, Rajna started to work as a clinician in the West Suffolk Hospital (Cambridge University Associate Teaching Hospital) across a range of specialties and is pursuing Core Medical Training (Cambridge rotations) from August 2016 while still being active in research. Her main research interests revolve around risk factors and prevention of cardio-metabolic disease.


From August 2018 Rajna will be a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow at Cambridge and a specialist registrar in diabetes and endocrinology.